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Sun Team's RedDawn campaign targets North Korean defectors and journalist

The second campaign from the "Sun Team" hacking group managed to sneak its way into the Google Play Store to targeted North Korean defectors.

38 "games and educational apps" kicked out from Google Play Store

Security researchers recently discovered the presence of 38 malicious apps on the Google Play Store that were not only disguised as games and education apps but also redirected victims to install other apps from the Play Store.

RSA: New spyware found in malicious chat app aimed at Palestinians

A malicious chat app that was advertised on Facebook and sold in the Google Play store was discovered to execute a previously undiscovered spyware program linked to APT-C-23, an APT group allegedly with ties to Hamas.

Malicious Android adware apps downloaded 500,000 times

Malicious actors managed to foil Google's Play Protect app vetting process and place numerous malicious apps into the store Sophos Labs by having them lay doggo before activating and bombarding the victim with unwanted ads.

Half a million infected with malware via Google Play QR code apps

Another day, some more Android malware, although this particular strain has a couple of ingenious tricks up its sleeve. A series of apparently innocent QR Code reader apps appear to have potentially compromised 500,000 users.

661 blacklisted Bitcoin apps which leave users open to hackers

Apps on Google Play and others could steal money and personal data from victims. App stores are hosting 661 blacklisted Bitcoin apps which leave users open to hackers, accoriding to a recently published report.

GhostTeam adware seeks to steal Facebook credentials

Vietnamese adware dubbed "GhostTeam" was found hiding in 53 Google Play apps disguised as utility apps, device performance boosting apps, and social media downloaders.

36 malicious apps advertised as security tools spotted in Google Play

Trend Micro researchers notified Google that 36 malicious apps on Google Play are posing as security tools.

AnubisSpy malware steals data, seemingly links to old Sphinx campaign

A newly discovered spyware that victimises Arabic-speakers has been potentially linked to the 2014-15 Sphinx cyber espionage campaign, which was launched by the threat group APT-C-15 to target PC users in the Middle East.

Google Play app Dune! leaks data & geolocation

Dune! an app on the Google Play store that has been downloaded over five million times in the past few weeks, has been found to have a data and geolocation leak according to a blog post by Pradeo.

Banking trojans sneak into Google Play again

Banking trojans have once again made their way past Google Play's security mechanisms, this time to target the Polish Financial sector.

Fake WhatsApp update on Google Play promoted malware disguised as game

A fake WhatsApp application that was downloaded one million times from the Google Play Store was observed advertising a malicious game app that infects users with secondary malware.

Three more Android malware families invade Google Play Store

Collectively downloaded millions of times, 158 fake Android applications containing mobile malware were recently found smuggled into the Google Play Store.

Google Play bug bounty programme aims to make Android apps safer

If the Google Play Security Reward Programme doesn't seem like a typical bug bounty programme, that's because it isn't.

Android malware on Google Play grows botnets, launches DDoS attacks

The Sockbot malware has made its way into at least eight Apps in the Google Play Store with the intent of adding devices to botnets and performing DDoS attacks.

21.1 m hit by ExpensiveWall trojan in Google Play, runs up your bill

A malware's been dubbed ExpensiveWall found its way onto Google Play in what has been claimed to have been the second-biggest outbreak to ever hit Google's platform, helping push it to No 2 spot in sources of blacklisted Apps.

Researchers find more malware-infested apps on Google Play

Bankbot found in apps uploaded by same author on Google Play, abuses Accessibliity Service feature

Spyware found in more than 1,000 apps in Google Play store

Android Apps on the Google Play Store have been discovered to harbour spyware originally created by an Iraqi developer. Surveillance malware records audio and steals data from users.

Google Play apps: Who can you trust with your data?

Bill Brenner identifies that typical adware has now been seen to be collecting user's personal information, including email addresses in popular Google Play apps.

Nagging ad-displaying Google Play app forces users to give high ratings

Apps on Google Play found to be harbouring malware which pester users into giving them five-star ratings before they are allowed to use it.

DressCode spotted in 3K Android apps, 400 in Google Play

DressCode malware spotted in thousands of apps and could pose a serious threat to enterprise networks.

Researchers spot trojan targeting dozens of Google Play games

Researchers at Dr. Web spotted the Android.Xiny.19.origin trojan incorporated into more than 60 games in the Google Play Store.

13 Play Store apps infected with Brain Test malware

Google's Play Store has had to boot out several apps after they were found to be infected with 'Brain Test' malware.

Millions of smart TVs and remote control apps vulnerable

A new report from Trend Micro has suggested that 6.1 million apps for smart TVs and remote controls could be vulnerable to remote code execution attacks.

'Kemoge' adware infects users in more than 20 countries

Yet another adware campaign stemming from China has been identified, and in this fresh go, victims' Android device can be completely taken over.